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(Systemic Sclerosis)

Scleroderma – Definition

Scleroderma is a rare disease of the connective tissue. It can cause the tissue in skin, joints, and internal organs to thicken and stiffen. There are three major forms of the disease:

  • Localized scleroderma (also known as morphea) — usually affects only the skin in isolated parts of the body. This form is less serious.
  • Systemic scleroderma — affects widespread areas of skin and/or internal organs, most often the lungs (Certain categories of this form of scleroderma are more serious and can be fatal.)
  • Overlap syndrome — may involve features of scleroderma and features of other autoimmune syndromes